Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 30)

1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters (Oct. 31)
2) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)
3) City completes street tree survey and map
4) OKNA Board Meeting (Nov. 1)
5) Be sure to vote


1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters (Oct. 31)

Children all across Portland will take to the streets to trick-or-treat for Halloween on Monday evening. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, people driving and parents must be even more alert. Everyone should focus on being visible and watching out for other travelers. Add lights and reflectors to your child’s costume – it’s a fun and easy way to help keep children safe as they trick or treat.

Drivers can do their part by driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling and being ready to stop as needed. People walking and bicycling are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, using a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear.


2) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)

Gather your youngest robots, witches and princesses; call in the tiniest superheroes, ghosts and pumpkins! Overlook families with children ages 1-5 are invited to enjoy fun activities and snacks at the annual Overlook House Halloween Party on Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Come in costume and check out spooktacular games, prizes, healthy snacks, fun crafts and dancing under the disco ball.

Overlook House Halloween Party
Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


3) City completes street tree survey and map

treeinventoryPortland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry staff and more than 1,300 volunteers surveyed and mapped nearly every planted street tree (planted in public rights-of-way, rather than on private property) in Portland – almost 220,000 in all, covering all 96 of the city’s neighborhoods. The effort is key to help inform how Parks & Rec manages Portland’s urban forest going forward. Trees were measured and identified, and each one’s health was rated as part of the City’s first comprehensive inventory of street trees.

Check out what trees are on your block.

Parks & Rec also has prepared am Overlook-specific Inventory Report and Tree Plan.


4) OKNA Board Meeting (Nov. 1)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday. The agenda includes hearing from Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association about a potential partnership, upcoming meetings and general updates.

OKNA Board Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


5) Be sure to vote

voteBallots are out. OKNA takes not position on the ballot measures and candidates that fill this year’s ballot, but we urge all Overlook residents to be sure to vote. Democracy works best when all voices are heard. Moreover, when Overlook votes, lawmakers take notice that we care about what our government does.

Completed ballots are due by Election Day, Nov. 8. Voters have a couple of days to mail them in. Otherwise, drop your ballot off at a convenient location.  The county maintains a map of all official drop boxes. The closest to Overlook is the North Portland Library on N Killingsworth Street.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 23)

1) City to consider residential infill policies
2) Youth filmmaking classes (Ages 8-18)
3) Reporting suspicious activity to police


1) City to consider residential infill policies

In response to community concerns related to new infill development, housing affordability and compatibility, demolitions, and the need for more housing choices in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to undertake the Residential Infill Project in August 2015.

The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:

  • Reduce the size of houses based on lot size and zone.
  • Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs and transportation options and other amenities. Within this new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters.
  • Provide incentives for retaining existing houses.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.

Download a four-page handout that summarizes the recommendations or read the Residential Infill Concept Report.

City Council will hold public hearings on the residential infill report Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. each day.


2) Youth filmmaking classes (Ages 8-18)

pcmPortland Community Media have expanded their offerings for youth. Budding animators ages 8 to 10 can take a Nov. 19 iPad Animation class. PCM’s iPad animation kits are sturdy enough for younger students but powerful enough to help them create high-quality animated shorts.

Young filmmakers ages 11-13 can take PCM’s Dec. 17 iPad Filmmaking class, which certifies them to borrow our iPad filmmaking kits for free.

And youth ages 16 and older can take all of PCM’s adult classes, including the upcoming Oct. 25 or Nov. 29 screenwriting class at the ReBuilding Center, From Story to Script: Narrative Screenwriting.


3) Reporting suspicious activity to police

Neighbors sometimes hesitate to report suspicious activity to the police when they are unsure that it warrants a call or that they will receive immediate response, among other concerns. Some examples include residents observing people:

  • Looking into the front windows of homes.
  • Knocking on a neighbor’s door then walking to the side yard when no one answers.
  • Walking on the street late at night, looking into vehicles.
  • Loitering near a business when it is closed.
  • Parking on the street, looking at houses and hanging out for an extended time.
  • Yelling at each other and the fighting appears to be escalating to physical violence.
  • Slumping over in their vehicle and there is concern for their welfare.

Call 9-1-1 for immediate threats to life or property or a crime in progress. Contact the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333 when what you observe is not an immediate threat. After you have connected with the police, let neighbors know what happened and that you called the police. Only report the facts of what happened without speculation.

When you see suspicious or criminal activity in your neighborhood, it is helpful to provide accurate and detailed descriptions of what you are seeing and who is involved. This will help the police assess what is occurring and plan their response. The information also helps the Police Patrol Officers triage calls and can make a difference in the investigation of a crime. Practice identifying the details of people and activities that you observe so that you can use those skills when you need them.

When you contact 9-1-1 or the police non-emergency number, you talk to a call taker who types up the information you provide for a dispatcher who relays that information to the patrol officer. If you can capture the following details, it will improve responses:

Suspicious Activity Details:

  • Focus on suspicious behavior, not suspicious appearance. What is the person doing that is suspicious?
  • When did it start? Is it still going on? If not, when did it stop?
  • Location
  • If the suspect is gone, what direction did she or he travel?

Suspect Description:

  • Sex: Male/ Female/ Unknown
  • Age range
  • Height/ Weight
  • Race/ Ethnicity
  • Facial features: Eye color/ Complexion/ Skin tone/ Other features
  • Hair: Length/ Color/ Facial hair
  • Clothing and shoes: Color/ Type
  • Anything unusual about their gait, body movements or speech
  • Unique features: Tattoos/ Scars/ Piercings/ Glasses/ Other
  • Vehicle Description: Vehicle Type/ Color/ Make/ Model /License Plate/ Distinctive Features

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 16)

1) OKNA General Meeting canceled (Oct. 18)
2) Compatible infill development lecture (Oct. 17)
3) Harvest and Halloween events (Oct. 21 & 31)
4) Ladybug Nature Walk in North Portland (Oct. 21)
5) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)
6) Groundwater – Portland’s other drinking water source (Nov. 19)


1) OKNA General Meeting canceled (Oct. 18)

A reminder that the October OKNA General Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18 has been canceled. We are working on an exciting agenda for the November meeting.


2) Compatible infill development lecture (Oct. 17)

Portland Together presents a talk by Noré Winter — Compatibility Matters: Lessons from Around the Country on Compatible Infill. Winter will discuss his experiences around the country helping fast growing cities plan for growth while protecting their resources of existing single-family housing.  His comments will suggest alternative approaches to the current recommendations by Portland’s Residential Infill Project (RIP) as they relate to moderating scale of new construction in our traditional neighborhoods.

After his presentation, a responder panel consisting of Bureau of Planning and Sustainability RIP staff and RIP advisory committee members will address questions to Winter to explore how his experience may shed light on Portland’s current challenges.  The last 30 minutes of the event will be devoted to Q&A from the audience.

The event is free, but a donation to the Architectural Heritage Center is encouraged. Learn more about the event and register online.


3) Harvest and Halloween events (Oct. 21 & 31)

halloweenPortland Parks and Recreation will host two seasonal events for families during the next couple of weeks.

On Friday, Oct. 21, join the fun at a Monster Mash at Peninsula Park Community Center (700 N Rosa Parks Way), 6-8 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy pizza, games, crafts music and more. The event is free to attend.

On Monday, Oct. 31, a Harvest Hoopla will take place at the Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N Foss Ave.), 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the autumn season with an exciting harvest-themed night of fun with carnival games and crafts. Don’t forget to wear your costume. The event is free to attend.


4) Ladybug Nature Walk in North Portland (Oct. 21)

One of the last Ladybug Walks of the year will take place Friday, Oct. 21 at Columbia Park, 10 a.m. Walk through parks and natural areas with your 2- to 5-year-old while guided by a preschool naturalist. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly leaves, hear the music of the birds and observe the changes each season. No pre-registration necessary — just meet at the playground along N Winchell Street. $4 per participating child, no charge for adults.

Questions? Can’t find the group? Call Chrissy at 503-823-1149.

Ladybug Nature Walk
Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.
Columbia Park


5) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)

Gather your youngest robots, witches and princesses; call in the tiniest superheroes, ghosts and pumpkins! Overlook families with children ages 1-5 are invited to enjoy fun activities and snacks at the annual Overlook House Halloween Party on Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Come in costume and check out spooktacular games, prizes, healthy snacks, fun crafts and dancing under the disco ball.

Overlook House Halloween Party
Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


6) Groundwater – Portland’s other drinking water source (Nov. 19)

portlandwaterbureau-logoJoin the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Groundwater 101, a free workshop all about groundwater.

With a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching, this workshop will explain local geology and hydrology, the vital role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can all do to protect this important resource. After the workshop, you can take an optional half-hour guided tour of the Portland Water Bureau’s groundwater facility.

The workshop is appropriate for adults and high-school students. Light refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited and you must register before the event.

Register here, or start learning now about the Portland Water Bureau’s groundwater source.

Groundwater 101
Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NECA-IBEW Training Center (16021 NE Airport Way)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 8)

1) OKNA update – October general meeting canceled
2) Overlook NET meeting (Monday, Oct. 10)
3) Fall film series with Sustainable Overlook
4) Community foot patrol training
5) Neighborhood cleanup (Nov. 6)
6) WomenStrength – Self-defense training
7) Wonder what happens to your recycling?


1) OKNA update – October general meeting canceled

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board met on Tuesday for its first meeting after elections. Board members approved the following committee and leadership assignments:

Chris Trejbal – Chair, Digital Communications
Alan Cranna – Vice Chair
Tamara Maher, Treasurer
Dannielle Herman – Views Editor, Outreach
Kent Hoddick – Secretary
Cynthia Sulaski – Parks, Greenspaces & Trails
George Spaulding – Public Safety
Mike Shea – Land Use
Leslee Lewis – Sustainability
Mitch Bixby – NET
Gabriele Hayden – At large

The board also chose to cancel the October General meeting scheduled for Oct. 18. After our very productive meeting last month focused on development along Interstate, we taking a little extra time to line up an exciting November meeting as well as our holiday party in December. Stay tuned.

Speaking of development along Interstate, developers of the project between Webster and Emerson have kindly shared a rendering of what the building will look like.

taco_time_development


2) Overlook NET meeting (Monday, Oct. 10)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team will hold its bimonthly meeting on Monday at Lucky Lab on N Killingsworth at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in preparing the neighborhood and their family for a disaster is welcome to attend.

At this month’s meeting, the NET team will work through the Portland NET Knots Guidebook. Rope will be provided. Come learn the knots that could save your life … or just come in handy in general.

NET meeting
Monday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8 p.m. (new attendees should arrive early)
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


3) Fall film series with Sustainable Overlook

Join Sustainable Overlook for four great documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. Free! All are welcome.

Films start at 7 p.m. Discussion afterwards. Food and drink available for purchase. Send your questions to sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org.

At New American Restaurant (2103 N. Killingsworth St.)

At Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N. Killingsworth St.)


4) Community foot patrol training

Interested in starting a community foot patrol? The City of Portland will hold two-hour training sessions on Oct. 13, Nov. 1 and Dec. 5. Each begins at noon. Click here to learn more.

A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. They walk their neighborhood streets, parks, or schools to deter crime and report incidents and problems, rather than sit back and hope that someone else will take care of any crime or livability problems. Foot Patrol members are actively and directly involved in solving those problems in a community-based, nonconfrontational manner. Foot Patrols collaborate with the City’s Crime Prevention Coordinators, police, neighborhood coalitions and associations, schools, parks personnel, and area businesses to help make sure that neighborhood problems receive a prompt and effective response. A Foot Patrol is a great way to meet like-minded people, contribute to your community, and get some exercise too!


5) Neighborhood cleanup (Nov. 6)

OKNA will partner with Love PDX as part of a citywide trash pickup. On Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., we’ll meet near the Portland Community College Campus and work our way west down N Killingsworth. Gloves, bags and other supplies will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, email livability@overlookneighborhood.org.

Neighborhood cleanup
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet at PCC (N Killingsworth)


6) WomenStrength – Self-defense training

WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau.  Since 1979, they have provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.  They have taught self-defense skills to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to more than 100,000 women and men.

Introductory self-defense classes will occur in North Portland in November starting on Nov. 4 and meeting weekly for three weeks 5:30-8:45 p.m at the Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N Foss Ave.) Learn more and register online.


7) Wonder what happens to your recycling?

Ever wonder what happens to your recycling? Placing recyclable into the blue bin and wheeling it to the curb is only the first step. Check out this video to see what happens next.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 30)

1) Cleaner air in Oregon (Oct. 5)
2) Development along the Interstate Corridor (Oct. 6)
3) North Portland Neighborhood Services small grant program
4) Attracting garden pollinators (Oct. 19)
5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board Meeting (Oct. 4)
6) Beach Harvest dinner a success


1) Cleaner air in Oregon (Oct. 5)

With news this week that North Portland glass maker Uroboros will close after concerns were raised about air quality problems related to the business, Overlook residents and all Portlanders are again thinking about the air they breathe.

On Wednesday, Cleaner Air Oregon, a state initiative charged with proposing reforms to air toxics regulations, will hold a public forum in Portland. The forum is open to everyone—no technical expertise is required—and will help define priorities and interests that people in Oregon would like to see considered in the new regulations. Public input gathered at the forums will be shared with the Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Advisory Committee (this committee will meet from October through April 2017 and will provide input into the drafting of new air toxics rules).

If you need childcare or translation services, please RSVP online. If you can’t attend in person but want to provide input, visit CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

Cleaner Air Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)


2) Development along the Interstate Corridor (Oct. 6)

How should the Portland Development Commission spend the remaining $32 million for economic development in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area? Share your ideas at a forum on Thursday.

The PDC will host the community forum to discuss and offer input on the N/NE Community Development Initiative Draft Action Plan. This Plan will guide how we invest the remaining $32 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) resources for economic development in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (URA).The goal of the Initiative is to foster economic prosperity among African Americans and People of Color by participating in, benefiting from and contributing to the local, regional and global economies. Download the Draft Action Plan (PDF) and Summary (PDF).

Proposed investments include:

  • Objective 1: Foster Multi-Generational Wealth Creation ($19M)
  • Objective 2: Create Vibrant and Culturally-Relevant Spaces ($10.5M)
  • Objective 3: Increase Access to Jobs ($2.5M)

Optional RSVP for the forum online.

N/NE Community Development Initiative Forum
Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m.
New Song Community Center (220 NE Russell St.)


3) North Portland Neighborhood Services small grant program

Is your organization looking for funding for community activities that engage people in the North Portland Neighborhood Services area? Submit a project proposal.

This year a total of $11,500 is available to neighborhood and community organizations.  Grant proposals generally range from $500-$3,000.

The goals of the Small Grant Program include building strong and diverse community participation, leadership and community connections.

View the application and learn more on the NPNS website.

A Grant writing assistance workshop is scheduled for Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m. at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon. You will learn about grant writing, the application and selection process, meet with committee members, hear about other projects seeking grant funding for possible collaboration, and ways to get individual help with your grant.

Project Proposals are due Nov, 14 by 2:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Mary at 503-823-4099, or mary@npnscommunity.org


4) Attracting garden pollinators (Oct. 19)

beeGardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit and vegetable plants produce an edible harvest. Most people are familiar with European honey bees, but few of us realize the numerous flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that might literally be at our doorsteps, providing critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.

Register for the workshop online. Space is limited.

Attracting pollinators to the urban garden workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)


5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board Meeting (Oct. 4)

The OKNA Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss neighborhood issues. It will be the first meeting since the election, so among the business will be selection of a chair for the coming year.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


6) Beach Harvest dinner a success

Residents gathered at Beach School on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the second annual Beach Harvest Dinner. It was a cool evening that featured a spectacular sunset. Attendees enjoyed great food provided by local businesses. Proceeds will go to the school’s garden and field improvement projects. Special thanks to community members who showed up to support Beach without having family enrolled in the school.

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beach3 beach2
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 24)

1) Development coming to Interstate and a new OKNA board member
2) Stretch of N Interstate Avenue to close (Sept. 26-Oct. 5)
3) Missing middle housing and multigenerational communities (Friday, Oct. 7)
4) New crime prevention coordinator for Overlook
5) Residential demolition data
6) Clean your stinky green compost bin


1) Development coming to Interstate and a new OKNA board member

At the Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting held on Tuesday, residents elected the 2016-17 board. All sitting members were re-elected and we welcome new board member Gabriele Hayden. The full roster is on our website.

Residents at the meeting also heard from representatives of three apartment projects coming to N Interstate Avenue. All three are on the West side of Interstate. Together, they will bring more than 200 units to the corridor. Specifically:

Webster and Interstate apartments (one lot off Interstate behind Pause)

  • One 50×100 lot.
  • Four-story building – 48 feet tall.
  • 29 units ranging from studios to three-bedroom.
  • Ground floor fully ADA accessible.
  • No commercial space.
  • No parking spaces.
  • Construction to begin early 2017.

Interstate between Willamette and Emerson (Taco Time site)

  • 127,000 square feet.
  • 75 feet tall with step-down on the west side.
  • Commercial space on the ground floor.
  • 140 units from studios to two-bedroom.
  • 57 parking spaces with two entrances
  • 154 bike storage spaces
  • Plan to include 20 percent of units affordable to households at 80 percent of median income.
  • Construction to begin summer 2017.

Interstate between Alberta and Webster (Café Naturalia site)

  • 48,000 square fee
  • Five-story building
  • No commercial space.
  • 82 units at market rate
  • 19 parking spaces.
  • Possible two permanent Zipcar parking
  • 126 bike parking spaces.
  • Construction to begin early 2017.

A fourth project is upcoming on Interstate between Alberta and Webster across the street from the third project above on the dry cleaner site. It will be a city affordable housing project. We will update you when we learn more.


2) N Interstate Avenue to close for work between Overlook and downtown (Sept. 26-Oct. 5)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a full road closure for people driving and biking on N Interstate Avenue from N Larrabee Avenue to N Tillamook Street, on Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, October 5, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day. Work is expected only on weekdays and the road will be open on the weekend.

The road closure will allow crews to grind and pave 1.77 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. The road closure will only be in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto N Larrabee Avenue and southbound traffic will be detoured onto the ramp that reconnects with Interstate at N Thunderbird Way via N Larrabee Avenue.

This area is a popular route for people traveling by bicycle and public transit. During work hours, expect to see signs indicating detours for all travelers. Consider using alternate routes.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet service, check trimet.org/alerts.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. Travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


3) Learn about missing middle housing and multigenerational communities (Friday, Oct. 7)

Join AARP, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland for Everyone and Urban Land Institute for an engaging morning of dialog about housing, land use and creating communities for all ages.  Learn about “Missing Middle Housing” from the man who coined the term — nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc.

Parolek will describe the full range of Missing Middle Housing options and trends in America’s residential landscape that often limit housing choice. Local experts will discuss housing trends, challenges and barriers to aging in community and meeting our region’s growing need for affordable, accessible, and age-friendly housing. Join us for this important conversation and be part of the solution.

Featured speakers, include Parolek; Alan DeLaTorre, Institute on Aging, Portland State University; Eli Spivak, Orange Splot, Inc.; Joe Zehnder, City of Portland; and Alma Flores, City of Milwaukie.

RSVP required. Register online at bit.ly/generations107.

Missing Middle Housing and Multigenerational Communities
Friday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – noon (Check in and light breakfast starts at 8:30)
Crowne Plaza Portland – Downtown Convention Center (1441 NE 2nd Ave.)

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4) New crime prevention coordinator for Overlook

Please welcome Sofia Chavier, the new crime prevention coordinator. If you have any non-emergency issues, you can reach her at 503-823-4094 or sofia.chavier@portlandoregon.gov. She works Tuesday to Friday.

The next North Portland Public Safety Action Committee will be held on Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kenton Firehouse.


5) Residential demolition data

In an effort to improve access to public information that is of interest to the community, the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services recently launched a Residential Demolitions Map of demolition permit activity within the City of Portland. The map includes demolition permit activity for single-family dwelling and duplex demolitions by year back to 2005.

Find more information about residential demolitions on the Bureau of Development Services website: Residential Demolition and Major Alteration and Addition Delay and Notification Information


6) Clean your green compost bin

compostThe Portland Planning and Sustainability Department has advice for keeping your compost bin clean. As with every chore, it’s either do it yourself, recruit a teenager, or pay someone else to cross off the task from your list.

Get some supplies ready to wash your roll cart: With a little dish soap, a handled brush or old rags and the garden hose, you can make the cart sparkle with some elbow grease.

Please pour the dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

Watch a video with more tips online.

You can also contact your garbage and recycling company to arrange for them to deliver a clean cart for a $12 fee.

Here are some other tips for maintaining a cleaner roll cart:

  • Line the bottom of your green cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.
  • Layer food scraps in between yard debris to reduce odors and to contain messier foods.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your compost cart to reduce odors and deter insects.
  • Store your cart in the shade in warm weather.
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 17)

1) Neighborhood meeting (Sept. 20)
2) Oregon Archives Crawl (Oct. 8)


1) Neighborhood meeting (Sept. 20)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting. Residents won’t want to miss presentations from the developers of three upcoming large residential projects on Interstate Avenue. We’ll also hear from ReachNow, a new car sharing service operating in the Portland, and will hold OKNA Board elections.

OKNA General meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


2) Oregon Archives Crawl (Oct. 8)

archives-crawl_poster_thalhoferThe Oregon Archives Crawl is back, and Portlanders can “crawl” between the City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Library, where they can explore the region’s history with 28 local archives, special collections and heritage organizations. Celebrate National Archives Month while discovering the wealth of information that can be found in local archives. Whether your interests include the history of Japanese internment, the impacts of urban renewal on Portland or resources for finding your family’s history, the Oregon Archives Crawl has something for everyone.

Archives are for everyone. Show your support by attending the 2016 Oregon Archives Crawl. The crawl is free and open to the public. Start at any of the three sites.

Learn more online.

Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 9)

1) Patton Square Park walkaround (Saturday)
2) Development coming to Interstate Avenue
3) Is your pet ready for disaster? (Sept. 12)
4) Beach Harvest Dinner (Sept. 24)
5) Movie in the park a success


1) Patton Square Park walkaround (Saturday)

Join the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team Saturday (tomorrow) 10 to 11 a.m. for a walk around Patton Square Park. The team will discuss plans for staging services in case of a catastrophic emergency like a major earthquake. Radio channel 5 will be open for those wishing to check-in ahead of time and test their radio’s range.


2) Development coming to Interstate Avenue

Mark your calendar now for the Sept. 20 Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting. At the meeting, developers of several upcoming large residential projects on Interstate Avenue, including at Alberta and Webster Street, will present their projects and answer questions from residents. This is your chance to weigh in on the apartment buildings coming to our neighborhood.

Also at the meeting, we will hold our annual elections for the OKNA board. If you’d like to get more involved, you can declare your candidacy at the meeting. Board members are expected to attend two meetings most months on the first and third Tuesdays.

Next week’s neighborhood update will include an agenda for the meeting.

OKNA General meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

Correction: The original post included incorrect monthly meeting days.


3) Is your pet ready for disaster? (Sept. 12)

earthquake-catWe all know how pet friendly Portland is, but what happens to our pets if there is a major disaster? How do we get them ready? What do we do when the disaster strikes? Are there places to take them while we put our own lives back together?

On Sept. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Peninsula Park Community Center West Gym, hear veterinarian Ross Weinstein of the Lombard Animal Hospital and resident of the Piedmont Neighborhood tell us what resources are available, and what preparations we can make ahead of disaster.

Pet Preparedness
Monday, Sept. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Peninsula Park Community Center (700 N Rosa Parks Way)


4) Beach Harvest Dinner (Sept. 24)

The second annual Beach School Harvest Dinner takes place on Sept. 24, 5-8 p.m. on the school’s field. Tickets include happy hour (beer and wine) and a sit-down, family-style, farm-to-table dinner. The meal will be catered by local restaurants and will have vegetarian and gluten-free options. Seating is limited, so don’t delay.

Beach School SignFunds raised go to the school garden and field improvement projects. The dinner is open to anyone in the community – no need to have a student enrolled.

Purchase tickets online by clicking here or send a check made out to “Beach PTA” at the school office. Tickets are $50, $75 or $100 with gifts from Pistils Nursery for the more expensive tickets.

Beach Harvest Dinner
Saturday, Sept. 24, 5-8 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)


5) Movie in the park a success

Thank you to everyone who attended Sunday’s movie in Overlook Park. The turnout was great and good time was had by all. Please give a shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped make it happen including Overlook Neighborhood Association board members (especially Cynthia Sulaski who put it all together), Autum Webring and Teresa Perrin who helped secure donations to the raffle, and Pat DiPrima-LeConche and Barb Brooks for helping man the booth.

Special thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets. You helped raise $1,200 for Community of Hope and Portland Homeless Families Solutions. Ten lucky winners took home prize packages filled with gifts donated by these generous local businesses:

  • Blooming Moon Wellness Spa
  • Eddie’s Flat Iron Pizza
  • Eisenhower Bagelhouse
  • Firelight Yoga
  • Garagiste Wine Bar
  • Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing Co.
  • Miho Izakaya
  • Mississippi Pizza Pub
  • New American
  • New Seasons Market
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre
  • Patton Maryland
  • Pinky’s Pizzeria
  • Rhythm Bodyworks
  • Smartypants
  • Spoke & Vine
  • The Old Gold
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 2)

1) Movie in Overlook Park (Sunday)
2) OKNA Board meeting (Sept. 6)
3) Community meetings about housing (Sept. 8 & 10)
4) Catio Tour (Sept. 10)
5) Beer fest booth a success
6) City to renew housing state of emergency
7) Learn about local plants (Saturdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 1)


1) Movie in Overlook Park (Sunday)movie_in_park1

The Overlook Neighborhood Association in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation Department will host an outdoor showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on Sunday. Bring out the kids for an evening of fun. A face painter will begin at 6 p.m. There also will be a climbing wall, food vendors and free popcorn. The movie start at 8, but come early to get a good seat.

movie_in_park2Kids who come dressed as a character from the movie will receive a small gift, including a ticket for the raffle drawing. Adults will need to buy tickets for $5 or five for $20. Ten prize packages featuring gift certificates from generous local businesses will be awarded. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Movie in the Park
Sunday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m. (move begins by 8)
Overlook Park


2) OKNA Board meeting (Sept. 6)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday. The agenda features a presentation about an upcoming development project and a discussion about the neighborhood mural.

OKNA board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


3) Community meetings about housing (Sept. 8 & 10)

The Community Oversight Committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Oversight Committee is a community-based body formed to oversee the Portland Housing Bureau’s ongoing work to address displacement in North and Northeast Portland. The committee meets every other month for progress updates and discussion on the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy. These meetings are open to the public.

Meeting agendas and materials are posted online here in advance of each meeting. Click here to watch video of past 2016 Oversight Committee meetings.

Community Oversight Committee meeting
Thursday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.
New Song Community Center (220 NE Russell St.)

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 10, Join the Portland Housing Bureau for an update on the work we’ve done in N/NE Portland since 2015 with the $20 million dedicated to affordable housing initiatives — and share your priorities for $32 million in additional funds approved by City Council for the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area this past fall.

At this forum, community members will learn about programs available through the Portland Housing Bureau, vote on their priorities for new funding, and propose ideas for other types of programming not currently offered. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Anyone needing child care or translation services at this event will need to register by Sept. 7 by clicking here or by calling 503-823-2375.

Community Forum
Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
St. Johns Community Center (8247 N Central St.)


4) Catio Tour (Sept. 10)

catio2016The Audubon Society of Portland and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon will co-host the fourth annual Catio Tour on Saturday, Sept. 10. Through the Catio Tour, this unprecedented partnership is working to keep cats and birds safe in our community. By showcasing a variety of catios from DIY to designer our goal is to inspire people to build a catio to fit their needs.

There will be eight catios on the tour, with half in SE Portland and half in the SW Portland/Lake Oswego area.

After signing up, get your friends organized for a carpool/ bikepool. Vist the Facebook page to learn more.

About a week before the event watch your email for the Catio Tour Guidebook. In it you’ll find descriptions of the catios as well as maps to plan your outing. This is a self-guided tour so you get to choose your route. The catios are open from 10am – 2pm.

Register for the Catio Tour online.


5) Beer fest booth a success

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the OKNA booth at the Organic Beer Fest last week. We enjoyed meeting so many of our neighbors.

More than 170 people put pins into our citywide neighborhood map. The most came from the Overlook neighborhood, but people from every quadrant of the city and beyond visited. Guests from outside of Portland came from as far away as Massachusetts and Alabama.


6) City to renew housing state of emergency

Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a one-year extension of the housing emergency that allows the city to waive some rules regarding housing and homeless. OKNA board member Chris Trejbal provided testimony prior to the vote urging council not to renew the emergency. Watch the full session and Trejbal’s testimony.



7) Learn about local plants (Saturdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 1)

Have you ever walked around your neighborhood, or gone on a hike, and wished you knew the names of the plants you saw? Have you ever wondered how they fit into the ecosystem and what uses they have? Deepen your connection with the place we live by tuning in to the world of plants and learning how the flora of our bio-region is in flux. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our personal and collective relationships to nature.

The class will meet in at the shelter in Overlook Park and is being taught by Overlook’s Mulysa Melco as part of the Portland Underground Graduate School. Learn more, register, and review class costs on their website.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 20)

1) Spirit of Portland Awards: Call for nominees
2) Organic Beer Fest (Aug. 25-28)
3) Condo project destroyed in fire
4) Text to 911 launches (Aug. 23)
5) Willamette Superfund forum (Aug. 31)
6) N Concord blocks to close (Sept. 4)
7) Movie in the park (Sept. 4)


1) Spirit of Portland Awards: Call for nominees

Portland City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to our community. Nominate an individual, business, organization, neighborhood association or business association that has created a project, service or event that has helped Portland shine. Nominations will be accepted in an individual’s native language.

Categories include Neighborhood Association of the Year, Community Leader of the Year and Young Leader of the Year. See the complete list and get an entry form online. Deadline for entries is Sept. 26.


2) Organic Beer Fest (Aug. 25-28)

The Organic Beer Fest (formerly North American Organic Brewers Festival) returns to Overlook Park Thursday to Sunday. The event is an opportunity for our neighborhood to shine as people from throughout Portland visit our park. This year, OKNA will host a booth. Stop by and say hello.squirrel

The festival runs noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The name might have changed, but the motto remains the same: Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.

Although attendees are encouraged to use public transportation such as the nearby Max Yellow Line, residents near the park should anticipate increased traffic and parking during the fest.

Organic Beer Fest
Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 28
Overlook Park


3) Condo project destroyed in fire

Overlook residents awoke to smoke and fire trucks on Wednesday morning when a condo project near N Killingsworth Street and Minnesota Avenue burned down. The cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation. Read more about the incident.


4) Text to 9-1-1 launches (Aug. 23)

The Bureau of Emergency Communications will launch Text to 9-1-1 in Portland at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, in front of Portland City Hall. Text to 9-1-1 is a new, important service in the City of Portland for those who cannot speak on the phone in an emergency. Text to 9-1-1 will help people who are deaf or hearing impaired, and anyone who finds themselves in a situation in which speaking on the phone would put them in danger.


5) Willamette Superfund forum (Aug. 31)

SuperFundForumThe deadline to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to clean the Willamette River Superfund site is Sept. 6. Learn more about the plan and how you can share your thoughts with the EPA on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m.. Speaker Peter deFur will review the proposed plan for cleanup of 11 miles of the river from the Broadway Bridge to the Columbia River.

Superfund Forum
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m.
Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N Killingsworth St.)


6) N Concord blocks to close (Sept. 4)

The Tour de Lab Bicycle Ride will take place on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingworth Street is one of the stops. Organizers anticipate about 700 participants and will close two blocks of N Concord Street between Kilingsworth and N Willamette Boulevard 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.


7) Movie in the park (Sept. 4)

Staying in town Labor Day weekend?  Join your neighbors at Overlook Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, to watch “The Wizard of Oz.”  The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with music by Echoes of Yasgurs, a climbing wall, face painting, food vendors and free popcorn. The film will start by 8, but come early to get a good seat.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold a fundraiser before the movie starts to support the homeless family shelters run by Portland Homeless Family Solutions and Community of Hope because there’s no place like home.

Ten prize packages each worth a minimum of $125 will be raffled off. They will include gift certificates from  local businesses. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. The drawing will begin at 7, and winners do not need to be present.

Every child dressed as a character from “The Wizard of Oz” at the event will receive a free raffle ticket and a small gift. Adults are encouraged to come in costume, too, but will not receive a free raffle ticket.

Purchase tickets at the Movie in the Park or at the upcoming OKNA booth at the Organic Beer Fest. You can also arrange to purchase tickets by emailing movie@overlookneighborhood.org.

Movie in the Park
Sunday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m. (move begins by 8)
Overlook Park

Thanks to the generous local businesses who provided prizes:

  • Blooming Moon Wellness Spa
  • Eddie’s Flat Iron Pizza
  • Eisenhower Bagelhouse
  • Firelight Yoga
  • Garagiste Wine Bar
  • Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing Co.
  • Miho Izakaya
  • Mississippi Pizza Pub
  • New American
  • New Seasons Market
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre
  • Pinky’s Pizzeria
  • Rhythm Bodyworks
  • Smartypants
  • Spoke & Vine
  • The Old Gold
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
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